(From 1993 Vintage) Deep garnet-brick colour. Fragrant aromas of dried cranberries, prunes, cinnamon and cumin giving way to subtler earthy notes of leather and tar. A lot of discernable fruit remains on the palate framed by crisp acidity and a medium level of grainy tannins. Very long, layered finish.
Complex notes of meat, game, dried plum, black olive and dried Mediterranean herbs with a whiff of brett influence giving notes of sweaty saddles and a distinctive medicinal / band-aid character. The palate is nicely structured with a medium+ level of finely grained tannins and a crisp backbone of acidity fleshed out by an ample concentration of evolved fruit flavours. Long finish.
Seventeen inches of rain in March ended the prospect of a drought year. The growing season was extremely long and cool, producing a large crop and a late harvest. The vintage yielded wines of great structure, balance, and length, offering layers of flavor and a sweet middle palate.
Wine Spectator(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 77/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04.
Wine Advocate(From 1984 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 94.
Wine Spectator(From 1995 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 1995 Vintage) "A shade more elegant and refined than the '94, yet sharing the delicious range of flavors, with bright black cherry, plum and floral notes. Turns smooth and polished.--Opus One vertical. Best from 2003 through 2014. 30,000 cases made."
Robert Parker(From 1997 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 132